Howard Springs, Northern Territory

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Howard Springs
DarwinNorthern Territory
Gunn Point Road - Howard Springs.jpg
Howard Springs is located in Northern Territory
Howard Springs
Howard Springs
Coordinates12°28′02″S 131°03′44″E / 12.4672°S 131.0621°E / -12.4672; 131.0621Coordinates: 12°28′02″S 131°03′44″E / 12.4672°S 131.0621°E / -12.4672; 131.0621[1]
Population5,132 (2016 census)[2]
 • Density65.309/km2 (169.150/sq mi)
Established1864
Postcode(s)0835
Area78.58 km2 (30.3 sq mi)[citation needed]
LGA(s)Litchfield Municipality
Territory electorate(s)Nelson
Federal Division(s)Solomon
Suburbs around Howard Springs:
Shoal Bay Shoal Bay Shoal Bay
Shoal Bay
Holtze
Johnston
Zuccoli
Virginia
Howard Springs Shoal Bay
Koolpinyah
Virginia Virginia
Coolalinga
McMinns Lagoon
Girraween
Koolpinyah
Koolpinyah
FootnotesAdjoining suburbs[3][4]

Howard Springs is a locality in the Northern Territory of Australia.[1] It is 29 kilometres (18 mi) SE of the Darwin CBD. Its local government area is the Litchfield Municipality. The suburb is mostly a rural area, but has been experiencing strong growth in population and development. From 2020, it has housed a major quarantine facility.

Early history[edit]

European settlement of the area began in 1864. The stream which commenced with a spring was named for Frederick Howard in 1865 by the survey party of B. T. Finniss.[3] Howard was the captain of a schooner and a hydrographer.

Although first examined in 1921,[5] Howard Springs in 1939 became the first major water supply area to service Darwin, at one time also known as Worgan Springs.[3][6] Discharge was calculated to be 1.9 million imperial gallons (8.6 Ml) every twenty-four hours.[5] Later Manton Dam supplied water to Darwin with the onset of World War 2, but now most of Darwin's water supply comes from Darwin River Dam.[7]

Uranium was located in the area in November 1952, but not in a workable form.[8]

The suburb is mostly a rural area, but has been experiencing strong growth in population and development. A primary school was erected in 1974.[9]

An accommodation facility named Manigurr-ma Village was built at Howard Springs in 2012 by Japanese energy company Inpex to accommodate up to 3500 temporary fly-in fly-out construction workers on the Ichthys LNG gas plant.[10] The facility was closed and abandoned in 2018.

Quarantine facilities[edit]

From early 2020, the abandoned accommodation facility became a quarantine facility for people returning to Australia from areas infected with COVID-19, initially on 9 February 2020 from Wuhan.[11] The facility was run by the Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT).[12] From later in 2020, the facility was a quarantine facility for people arriving from Victoria during the second lockdown of that state.[13]

From late October 2020, the facility was used for repatriating Australians from Europe and India.[14] From May 2021 the Northern Territory Government began to gradually take over all operations from AUSMAT.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Place Names Register Extract for Howard Springs (locality)". NT Place Names Register. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Howard Springs (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b c "Howard Springs". NT Atlas and Spatial Data Directory. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Litchfield Municipality Localities" (PDF). Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Darwin's waste water". Northern Standard (79). Northern Territory, Australia. 11 August 1921. p. 3. Retrieved 17 May 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Darwin Water Supply". Northern Standard (84). Northern Territory, Australia. 20 October 1939. p. 6. Retrieved 17 May 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Darwin water supply". www.powerwater.com.au. Power and Water Corporation. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Howard Springs uranium find". Northern Standard. 7 (333). Northern Territory, Australia. 7 November 1952. p. 1. Retrieved 17 May 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "Tenders invited". Australian Government Gazette. General (70). 27 August 1974. p. 36. Retrieved 17 May 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Ichthys LNG Project completes Manigurr-ma Village". www.inpex.com.au. INPEX Corporation. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2021. The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project today announced the completion of its Accommodation Village at Howard Springs ... Named Manigurr-ma Village after the Larrakia name for the Stringybark tree, the village will provide a home for up to 3,500 Project personnel during peak construction ...
  11. ^ Truu, Maani (9 February 2020). "Inside the NT facilities where coronavirus evacuees are being quarantined". SBS News. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  12. ^ "AUSMAT Howard Springs Quarantine Facility". National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre. Australian Department of Health. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Why NT quarantine tops Melbourne's hotel disaster".
  14. ^ Hitch, Georgia (16 October 2020). "How do I get tickets on the new flights to Darwin? How much will they cost? Will I have to do coronavirus quarantine?". ABC. AUSMAT. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  15. ^ Vivian, Steve (4 May 2021). "Commonwealth begins handover of Howard Springs quarantine facility to NT government". Australian Broadcasting Commission. AUSMAT. Retrieved 6 May 2021.

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